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The Religious Big Bang
By Dwardu Cardona

Wal Thornhill wrote:

. . . when confronted with the conclusions drawn from the standard solar model, which is central to modern cosmology, I agree with Gregg Easterbrook who wrote in The New Republic of last October 12; "... for sheer extravagant implausibility, nothing in theology or metaphysics can hold a candle to the [Big] Bang. Surely, if this description of the cosmic genesis came from the Bible or the Koran rather than the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it would surely be treated as a preposterous myth."


But the theory DID come from a religious work. Here's a short selection from [not yet published] Chapter 1 of GOD STAR by Dwardu Cardona:

In fact, even that so-called pillar of astrophysics, the Big Bang Theory, had been much earlier posited in a RELIGIOUS work.

In the Book of Genesis, Elohim, usually translated into English as "God," begins the creation with the words: "Let there be light." And, it is there written, "there was light." There have been many who have seen a similarity between this description of beginnings and the Big Bang Theory. The following, one of several such, comes from a popular work devoted to the mysteries of the Bible:

"Prevailing scientific theory proposes that the universe was
created in a flash of light. This 'big bang,' or cosmic
explosion, is believed to have occurred some 16 billion years
ago. Some see parallels between this modern, scientific theory
and the biblical account which opens with God's command, 'Let
there be light'."

Granted, on its own, this similarity is not enough for one to claim that the theory in question had already been posited in a religious work. The Book of Genesis is not, however, the religious work I have in mind. So bear with me for a while.

George Gamow is the acclaimed father of the Big Bang Theory. But before Gamow there was Georges Lemaitre who, in 1927, was the first to propose that a hot, dense, primeval "atom" had exploded, flinging its contents outward to create the universe. With the advent of the theory in question, Pope Pius XII himself had it stated that "scientists are beginning to find the finger of god in the creation of the universe." Lemaitre, who was a Catholic priest besides being a physicist, was later decorated by the Vatican for his scientific achievements.

To be quite fair, in developing his theory of the expanding universe, Lemaitre had relied on the principles of general relativity. But, since he was also well versed in the discipline of theology, could he not also have come across that great medieval commentary on Biblical Scripture known as the Ramban? In 1990, in a book titled GENESIS AND THE BIG BANG, the Israeli nuclear physicist Gerald Schroeder argued in detail that there is no contradiction to be found between the account of creation as described in Genesis and the current scientific dictum. Moreover, as Schroeder noted, "the Ramban ... had the remarkably modern insight that at the moment after creation, all the matter in the universe must have been concentrated in a tiny speck." Tell me that this insight is not identical to that reached by Lemaitre?

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